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Edna Ellis

June 18, 1924 August 25, 2019
Edna Ellis
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Durham, NC – Edna C. Ellis, 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, August 25, 2019 at Hock Family Pavilion. She was the daughter of the late Lizzie Belle McGhee and Allen Thurman Ellen. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ellis was preceded in death by Walter Kenneth Ellis Jr., her husband of 64 years, and her brothers Kenneth, Joel, Hughes, Ted, and Willis Ellen.

Mrs. Ellis was a devout, longtime member of Grace Baptist Church in Durham. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, and spending time with her family, most especially her grandchildren whom she loved fiercely. Mrs. Ellis was both a homemaker and a career woman; she worked as the assistant manager of Poplar Hill Apartments until retirement. She was quick, witty and always ready with a comeback. She loved shopping and was a bargain-hunting maven (to this day she holds the record for the most uses of a single Burger King coupon).

She is survived by her son Kenneth Allen Ellis (fiancée Malia Bagdy), daughter Sue Ellis Gooch (husband Jerry Gooch), granddaughters Emily Catherine Ellis and Katie Noell Gooch, and loving cat Sammie. The family will celebrate her life at a private memorial service on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. Online condolences may be sent to

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